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Ron Jones, Chattanooga City President of SouthEast Bank, a community bank based in East Tennessee, speaks to students at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. The students were participants in SouthEast Bank's Financial Scholars program. Photo courtesy of SouthEast Bank. Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.
some text Students at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy were recently honored as graduates of SouthEast Bank's Financial Scholars program. Photo courtesy of SouthEast Bank. Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

CGLA students learn financial literacy skills

A East Tennessee-based community bank, SouthEast Bank, recently honored more than 30 graduates from its Financial Scholars program at the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.

The program is an interactive, web-based course that provides students with "critical skills needed to make sound financial decisions," according to a press release.

SouthEast Bank has partnered with leading education technology Company EverFi, Inc., to bring this interactive, web-based financial management program to 75 schools and more than 22,196 students.

"I hope that as these students make financial decisions in their daily lives, they think back to this experience," said Ron Jones, Chattanooga City President of SouthEast Bank, in a statement. "This is just the beginning – SouthEast Bank is proud to be a partner in this quest to prepare our students for their financial futures."

Girls Inc. is now enrolling for summer camps

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is now enrolling girls from kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of camp options for this summer.

Camp offerings include "Girl Boss," an age appropriate entrepreneurship camp for girls ages 6-8 and 9-11; a Top Chef: Teen Masters-themed camp where teens will learn how to make healthier food choices, alternative meal preparations and farm to food options; a STEAM camp for girls ages 6-8 and 9-11; and a Teen Vogue fashion-themed camp for middle and high school students.

Camps run in June and July and range in price from $300-350.

For more information visit: www.girlsincofchatt.org or call Samantha Doss at 423-269-7410.

Community celebrates East Hamilton Middle groundbreaking

Hamilton County Schools leaders, East Hamilton County residents and more held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new East Hamilton Middle School on April 17.

The 175,000-square foot facility will be home to 1,200 students in grades 6-8 and is slated to open in August 2020.

Work is already underway on the site, near Apison Elementary, which will feature the latest learning technology, labs, group learning areas, and STEM labs. The school site will also have athletic fields for football, soccer, softball, and baseball.

The new school is one of several projects included in a capital building plan made possibly by a $110 million fund allocation from the Hamilton County Commission in 2017.

Six Georgia schools awarded summer literacy mini-grants

The Georgia Department of Education, in partnership with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education, recently awarded Summer Literacy Mini-Grants to six Georgia schools, including Dade Elementary School of Dade County Schools.

The grants of up to $3,600 are designed to support innovative summer literacy initiatives in school media centers, according to a press release.

"We know that students who don't have opportunities to read and learn over the summer months can lose significant educational ground, widening the academic achievement gap," said Paige Pushkin, executive director of the GFPE, in a statement. "The Georgia Foundation for Public Education is pleased to provide this funding to help schools stop summer learning loss in their communities."

Grant recipients included: Atkinson Elementary School of Coweta County Schools, Brantley County High School of Brantley County Schools, Crawford County Elementary School of Crawford County Schools, Dade Elementary School of Dade County Schools, Lucy C. Laney High School of Richmond County Schools and Marietta Sixth Grade Academy of Cobb County Schools.

If you have news about local schools you'd like included in Class Notes, email Meghan Mangrum at mmangrum@timesfreepress.com.

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